Why do professional designers choose the unique, low-residency program at Vermont College of Fine Arts to earn their MFA in Graphic Design?

A desire to teach at a college level.

Students earn the credentials they need to teach, all while learning from home and without leaving their career.

My new job in academia required a terminal degree, although I had been working and teaching for over 20 years. My MFA studies were a gift to my intellect, heart, soul, and, ultimately, my family, colleagues, and students. Turning inwards is powerful — especially when brilliant and caring advisors support you.

Heather Synder Quinn ’18, Assistant Professor of Design Futures at the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts at Washington University

To deepen their creative work.

Designers who have already found professional success come to Vermont College of Fine Arts (VCFA) to enhance their practice.

My advisor Silas Munro basically blew my head off with all the design and queer culture knowledge he has. I’m not sure when or if I would’ve explored the history and context of my own identity in design or in general without him.

Lex Poolos ’20, Senior Graphic Designer for the City of Charlotte, North Carolina; art director at the Big Idea Group; and adjunct professor at UNCC

To take the next step in their career.

The MFA program is a home for mid-career designers wanting to broaden their skills and achieve professional and creative goals.

I chose VCFA after having taken a few continuing education courses. What I received from the program was an incredibly enriching education and experience that helped me find my voice, and elevated my confidence as a person, designer, writer, and speaker.

Olivia Schneider ’21 of Driven Studio in Burlington, Vermont

Faculty mentorship, customized study plans, and flexible learning from home: VCFA’s MFA in Graphic Design can help you take your career and practice to the next level.

To learn more about the low-residency program, visit vcfa.edu.